Alternative cloud computing models promise more deployment flexibility and collaboration benefits for ERP users.
A rundown of the three parts of agile project management -- scope, schedule and budget -- needed to capture often-elusive agile project end dates.
The results of a CDW survey of 200 ambulatory care groups are a real-world snapshot of EHR implementation costs, and offer some insights for reducing them.
White House advisers want greater health information exchange among providers. To accomplish this, they suggest a universal language for electronic health record systems.
Aegis Logistics' IT spending to include ERP, BI and video conferencing .
The Royal Mail Group (RMG) has used Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation infrastructure, to enable it to run legacy applications on modern hardware.
The European Commission (EC) IT chief has taken the open source lobby to task over a €189m (£158m) deal the EC signed last week, its largest ever software deal.
The outage on Amazon's European sites yesterday was due to a hardware failure, not hackers, the company has said. The UK, Italian, German and Spanish sites went down for about half an hour on Sunday night.
UK businesses are not investing in IT innovation because they are more comfortable just letting things tick over.
Sarah Palin's website has been targeted by London hackers avenging Wikileaks, the former governor of Alaska has claimed.
IronKey has added Cohort to its distribution roster to provide channel coverage in the UK and Ireland. The secure flash drive specialist already works with Simms International but is broadening its distribution channel to gain more traction through security resellers. 'With the pressure increasing
Nortel has lost itslegal battle against the Pensions Regulator in its attempt to make the bankrupt networking vendor liable for a £2.1bn deficit in its pension scheme through a Financial Support Direction (FSD). Nortel took to the stand alongsidefellow basket case Lehman Brothers to argue agai
A significant number of small businesses are living on the breadline with barely any spare cash to cover emergencies. According to a survey from GE Capital 16% of SME's are sailing close to the wind with only a minimum amount of cash available if required. Around 28,000 small firms admitted they w
Suffolk-based cloud and virtualisation specialist and MicrosoftGold Partner STL Tecnologies has sold its telecoms divisionto IT, telephony and facilities management outfit Admiral Group for an undisclosed sum. STL, which specialisesmostly the criminal justice sector, said it wanted to concentrate it
Buy and build outfit Accumuli has netted its second acquisition in a month after agreeing to pay £2m in cash for security integrator Fujin Technology. The investment vehicle reversed into Tuscany Networks in November and revealed plans to raise funds through a share placement to fuel further p
ShoreTel has named former president and CEO of IP networking solutions provider UTStarcom, Peter Blackmore, as its new CEO, ending a five month hunt for John Combs' replacement. Besides UTStarcom, Cambridge graduateBlackmore has also served as executive vice president of worldwide sales, marketing a
Long-serving Midwich managing director Nick Culley has quietly stepped down and sold the majority of his shareholding in the business to three existing directors with finance head Stephen Fenby taking over at the top. Culley becomes non-executive chairman at the Diss-based specialist AV and print d
Redstone is set to consolidate its three operating divisions into one trading entity with the loss of around 50 jobs. The networking integrator concluded its operational review on Friday by selling the security reselling and services business of Redstone Managed Solutions (RMS) to the management te
From improving cloud performance to managing application performance, WAN pros' responsibilities changed profoundly this year, as reflected in our top five news trends of 2010.
Providers and payers will stop worrying and use cloud computing services, just as the financial industry did. But security concerns must be overcome, and that could take years.
Salesforce.com has a solid reputation when it comes to CRM, but the company will have to prove itself again if it wants its new cloud-based database to be a success, according to experts.
Pick an agile project management path based on scope, schedule or budget to set project boundaries and keep release dates on track.
In this interview SAP’s chief information officer, Oliver Bussmann, and Martin Heisig, vice president of enterprise architecture, share their tips for building a case for SAP-related projects.
As new technologies confront IT departments, it’ll be necessary to build up the SAP skills to handle them. SAP’s IT chiefs share how they’re building up the SAP skills on their staffs.
SAP’s chief information officer, Oliver Bussmann, and Martin Heisig, vice president of enterprise architecture, shared their tips on proving SAP ROI and delivering successful SAP projects in 2011.
Jet Airways to deploy SAP ECC6 for IFRS compliance; to spend up to 1.5% of its revenue on IT in 2011-12
Explore this expert FAQ as three analysts weight in and tell us what they think are the hottest data storage technologies and data storage trends for 2011.
Dell has announced an agreement to acquire virtualised data storage company Compellent for $960m (£605m) to expand its enterprise storage offering.
Worldwide software as a service (SaaS) sales will reach $9bn this year, up 15.7% from 2009, according to analyst firm Gartner.
IT departments are failing to reap the benefits of agile programming because they are not using it in the way it was intended, it was claimed today.
A lack of general IT know-how has been flagged up as one most frequently occurring employee skills gaps in organisations, according to a report from The Institute of Directors (IoD).
UK government departments are preparing for cyber attacks as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears in court in London today.
Accenture has launched an apprenticeship scheme for all its UK BPO staff as well as new starters, which will be 100% online.
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Yahoo is expected to cut up to 700 jobs before the end of the year, which represents about 5% of the company's workforce.
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Google and Microsoft are to set up a non-profit organisation to target illegal online pharmacies, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Deutsche Bank is replacing multiple legacy systems with a banking platform from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as it updates its global transaction banking.
IT and networking support services house Intact Integrated Services has appointed Jason Hurlstone as its new UK sales director as it plans the implementation of new sales strategies. Hurlstone, who previously worked on the development of Intact's PCI COMMS infrastructure business, formerly workedat
Nearly every local authority is moving to shared service agreements to cut costs, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
Most UK businesses are confident they are protected from cyber attacks, despite acknowledging that attackers are innovating faster than they are, a study has revealed.
Ingram Micro is continuing to expandthe roll-out of kitto support its growing telecommunications division, which was given full access to RIM's mobility portfolio earlier this month. The broadliner announced today that it has signed up US-based mobile service management (MSM) software and services o
The government must use the private sector to ensure it is secure against cyber-attacks, MPs have said. Nick Harvey, minister for the Armed Forces, was asked if he agreed that private sector involvement was crucial in helping the government stay ahead of the game in cyber-security, in a House of Commons debate.
Hotel group Hilton Worldwide has signed a global outsourcing deal.
The market for software as a service (SaaS) will grow fairly strongly this year as concerns around security and performance are overcome. According to Gartner the worldwide SaaS Market will hit $9.2bn this year; an increase of 15.7% on 2009 numbers. The analyst house expects that growth to continue
Using Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, Transport for London (TfL) has made its real-time tube travel information available to mobile application developers.
Compellent's CEO has moved to assuage partner concerns that its $950m acquisition by Dell will create conflict for them, insisting that if anything the deal will speed their growth trajectory. The transaction at $22.75 per share, some $0.25 cents higher than the initial bid tabled by Dell last week
Hewlett-Packard is setting its sights on establishing itself as a major security player having an impact on both resellers and customers. Having established the HP Information Security division building on the expertise offered by the reseller Vistorm, which it acquired as part of the EDS acquisiti
Staffordshire-based public sector PC builder Stone has nabbed Apple's Solutions Expert in Education certification as it prepares to exhibit at January's BETT show. The agreement will see the firm offer the full line of Apple kit to schools and colleges, as well as providing consultancy on how its te
Find out why Cognitive Match decided to replace Oracle’s MySQL with Calpont Corporation’s InfiniDB columnar database software.
SearchTelecom.com asked four operators to talk about their network objectives for 2011. First up, we find out whether the Verizon IP backbone is ready for 100G, IPv6 and the cloud.
UC pros sought to mature their deployments in 2010 by integrating collaboration tools with enterprise video conferencing and social media. But interoperability remains a problem.
Oracle MySQL 5.5 is now generally available after coming out in beta in April. The new version is focused on grabbing some of the Windows database market away from Microsoft SQL Server.
If a Hyper-V client and MinWin, a stripped-down OS, appear in Windows 8, they could resolve Microsoft's argument against licensing virtualized Internet Explorer.
In our review of top networking news of 2010, see how we covered the rise of the multi-vendor network, major changes in data center networks and security, the emergence of ubiquitous wireless LAN and the challenges networking pros face in building their careers in a bad economy.
SAP says it has addressed a flaw within BusinessObjects that hackers could have used to gain control of the application.
Is OData ready for prime time? The Open Data Protocol, or OData, is quickly gaining enthusiasts. Originating with Microsoft, OData has made a name as the primary protocol for querying and updating data for high-profile companies like IBM, Netflix, eBay and Facebook. OData provides users with a way to unlock and free data from silos in today’s applications. It defines a common set of patterns for working with data based on HTTP, AtomPub, and JSON.
Open Data Protocol, OData, is rapidly evolving. This Web protocol used for querying and updating data gives users a way to unlock data, freeing it from silos in today’s applications.
Mainframe shops running SUSE as their zLinux distribution will wait to see in what direction new ownership takes the platform.
Despite slow corporate adoption of desktop virtualization this year, Citrix is looking to updated products such as XenClient and XenDesktop for a better 2011.
Blue Star Infotech’s IT spend in 2011-12 to include infrastructure consolidation and business intelligence projects
Wikileaks.org is back online in the US after American company, Dynadot, has restored its DNS service for the whistle-blower site, according to internet reports.
A cluster of 1.716 Sony Playstation3 games consoles has been used in a real-life "call of duty" at the US Airforce research laboratory.
Parliament has adopted a policy to use open technology standards to increase public participation in political debate.
Leading technology businesses are backing an initiative to help organisations secure global supply chains against cybercrime threats.
Adobe Flash Media Server is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Atos Origin has acquired Siemens IT division for €850m (£720m) to create a company with sales of around €8.7bn and 78,500 employees worldwide.
Business functions such as IT and finance at European and US companies will continue to be offshored to low-cost locations as the practice matures.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is creating 105 new jobs within its global IT organisation based in Galway, Ireland.
Most people in the US do not want to be tracked on the internet and are unwilling to trade their privacy for Web ads tailored to their interests, a study has found.
Premier league football club, Everton, is using enterprise cloud computing firm, Salesforce.com's Sales Cloud and Force.com to integrate business information and develop custom applications.
The government is setting up a framework agreement worth £500m on behalf of local government, in one of the first examples of software for local councils being bought centrally.
IBM predicts five innovations that will change our behaviour over the next five years.
Cloud and digital security are two of the areas that will be targets for M&A activity next year with most of the large vendors sitting on war chests that could fund a spending spree.
Datacentre automation: moving beyond codifying the run book to transforming IT operations
Surrey-based mobility reseller Arrow Mobile Communications has splashed out an undisclosed sum on the assets of phone systems, maintenance and network services outfit TMG. BlackBerry, O2 and Vodafone reseller Arrow is building out a portfolio of managed services in the networking sector and claims t
Salesforce.com wants enterprises to move data management to the cloud with its database-as-a-service.
German technology giant Siemens AG is selling itsmoney-losingIT Solutions and Services division to French integrator Atos Origin for €850m (£720m). The deal, which Siemens president andCEO Peter Loscher claimed will create a European "IT Champion" sees Siemens taking a 15% stake in A
The biggest concern holding back wider adoption of cloud services is set to be significantly overcome next year as more security firms deliver hosted products. Security has been the major brake on cloud and hosted app deployment but Gartner believes those problems have been tackled and next year wi
The UK server market stood still in the third quarter as a rise in shipments to very large corporate customers was offset by declining sales in the SME and public sector. Market stats from IDC show that 80,000 x86 systems - more than 95% of total server shipments in the UK - were sold during the th
Oki's newly appointed UK sales director Nick Munton is planning to shake-up its managed print services (MPS) product lines. Copier market veteran Munton joins from Konica Minolta where he was regional commercial manager and fills a role that has been vacant since previous incumbent Bill Allan left l
HP has vowed to introduce multi-vendor support into its contractual services play for resellers next year and price it aggressively as it tries to recapture lost business fromthird party maintainers. The tech monster has tried to re-energise flatlining sales of contractual services in the channel b
KCOM Group finance boss Paul Simpson has assumed control of the firm following the resignation of executive director Paul Renucci. Renucci arrived at KCOM subsidiary Affiniti in 2007 but claimed control of the whole group the following year, after overseeing a lengthy restructuring and rebranding p
While server virtualization for non-critical applications is the norm, CMI FPE used VMware vSphere 4.0 as the platform for its SAP ECC5 upgrade.
Konkan Railway to revamp enterprise collaboration suite through private cloud model in 2011; the enterprise solution to have 16 applications for collaboration
Google has developed controls and tools to help IT administrators configure and deploy its Chrome browser on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Twitter has raised $200m (£128.2m) to further expand the micro-blogging site. Since launching in 2007 it has now raised about $360m.
Forrester Research has warned that companies planning or in the middle of an upgrade to Office 2010 face a lengthy deployment process.
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Enterprise social software sales reached $664m (£425m) in 2010, a 15% increase from 2009, according to Gartner.
The second edition of CSC's Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) "barometer," has reported that the financial crisis has raised awareness of the importance of procurement in business.
Nearly half of the people responsible for buying products and services for businesses expect to outsource some of their department's work in the next two years.
Many companies may have e-mail, virus scanning or CRM running as a service over the internet, but most organisations are only just starting out when it comes to cloud computing, according to Microsoft.
The software that underpins corporate blogs, wikis and discussion forums is producing an impressive source of revenue, which is set to grow by double figures in the next couple of years. According to Gartner the revenue generated by social software, the tools that provide interactive networks, will
The government has saved £500m through its moratorium on consulting, ICT, recruitment, marketing and property spending contracts, the Cabinet Office has said.
Oracle has introduced Oracle Cloud Office and Open Office 3.3, office productivity suites for the desktop, web and mobile devices.
More than 92% of the largest enterprises have at least one cloud service; while 53% have more than six cloud services, according to a survey from IT management consultancy CA Technologies.
Bytes Technology Group is seeking to reduce its reliance on Microsoft sales in light of the vendor'spending restructure of the fees that large account resellers can accrue. The Surrey-based reseller is looking at getting back on the acquisition trail in 2011 more than two years after its last buy,a
Ofcom has formally ruled that BT will not be allowed to increase its wholesale charges in order to plug a £3.8bn deficit in its pension fund, confirming the results of its initial consultation. In making its decision, Ofcom said that it was important to create "an environment in which reg
The government claims that its attempts to turn the screws on ICT spending and use technology more efficiently have already contributed heavily to savings of £1bn racked up since May. The Cabinet Office revealed that the savings, which are part of a planned £3bn being saved in a single
Education supplier RM has banked a £5m BSF contract with the London Borough of Ealing, which is nearly one tenth of the valuation back in April before the Department for Education effectively collapsed the schools regeneration scheme. Under the scaled back deal that was worth £39m last s
How does the software development lifecycle differ when developing embedded software for a medical device? In this interview with Mace Volzing, software development manager at IntraPace, SearchSoftwareQuality.com asks about the differences in the software development lifecycle, how testing is done and what regulatory restrictions there are.
What are the important considerations of a requirements management tool when developing embedded software for a medical device? In this Q&A with IntraPace software development manager Mace Volzing, SSQ asks about managing requirements for the abiliti product -- a device that is implanted in the stomach to control hunger in obese patients.
Oracle’s takeover of Sun’s Solaris franchise, leaving its Linux priorities questionable, as well as Novell’s uncertain future fascinated SearchEnterpriseLinux.com readers in 2010.
Utility company Centrica has chosen HP and Fujitsu to deliver desktop and datacentre services while the previous supplier of these services, T-Systems, focuses on SAP services in the cloud and smart grid technology.
Nokia's patent war with Apple escalated yesterday, as the Finnish-based manufacturer filed 13 more infringement claims against the technology giant.
The open source lobby has challenged the €189m software contract struck by the European Commission last month.
Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has walked free from a London prison after being granted bail over sexual assault allegations. Assange was arrested...
Facebook shut its site last night after prototypes of its redesigned features were accidently leaked to users. The release of internal prototypes...
Oracle sold $2billion new software licences in its second quarter of 2010. Software license updates and product support revenues were up 12% to $3.6...
Crowd sourcing could be the next tactic used to fight cybercrime, according to Rob Wainwright, head of the EU police intelligence agency Europol. The...
The European Medicines Agency, which is responsible for evaluating medical products across Europe, expects to cut millions of Euros from its software development costs after rolling out software to automatically identify programming errors in computer code.
The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Most IT pros want to jump ship in 2011 Most IT professionals are looking to jump ship next year, according to a survey from The IT Jobs Board, with 80% planning to look for a new job
Yvonne Ferguson has left her post as chief information officer (CIO) at Royal Mail, Computer Weekly has learned, making her the second CIO to leave the company this year.
The IT industry has welcomed the European Commission's decision to move toward a formal central patent system.
Google would be unwilling to provide encryption keys of its e-mail service, Gmail, if requested to do so by Indian authorities, according to a company executive.
Hotmail is claiming it can now tackle its biggest security issues with a way to send and receive active e-mail messages.
There is no doubt that the cloud is here and increasing its foothold in the channel but there continues to be some debate around whether or not the barriers to adoption have been overcome. In the last week there have been some claims that one of the largest worries to customers, around security, h
The European Commission has announced a plan to build an agile suite of pan-European public services through the loose integration of computer systems
Plans to promote public participation in Westminster politics by propagating video recordings of parliamentary proceedings through the web have stalled over...
As 2010 draws to a close there is a chance to look back and assess how things were. It was a year of recession, election, recovery and protests. It was also a twelve months where the tablet emerged as a serious form factor and Windows 7 sales figures banished the disappointment of Vista, writres Amr
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has fired shots across the bows of bitter rival HP, attacking the performanceof its infrastructure kit and warningit will be"vulnerable" to market share losses next year. Speaking on a conference call to mark Oracle's second quarter financial results, Ellisonsaid H
The divestment programme of peripheral operations kicked off by Redstone's management helped stem losses in the first half of fiscal 2011, the firm said today. After a board restructure in September, the integrator novated BSF contracts and closed its education unit, selling certain assets of Marcom
Azzurri is forging a major accounts team for the public sector in anticipation of growing demand for outsourcing. The finance sector started outsourcing IT about 15 years ago and with many banks now on their third or fourth contract, they have already cut contract costs to the bone, but public sect
The boss of HP's enterprise distribution business across EMEA has resigned to take charge of telecoms provider Swisscom. HP veteran Andrej Golob - who joined the vendor's Swiss channel marketing operation in 1998 - became director of Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) just 11 months a